2016 Candidate Profiles

Primary Results: New Hanover County Board of Education

Mar 16, 2016

During yesterday’s primary elections, voters selected three Republicans and three Democrats to run for New Hanover County Board of Education. 


There are three open seats on New Hanover County’s Board of Commissioners.  The top three Republican candidates will now battle it out with Democrats Jonathan Barfield, Julia Boseman and Nelson Beaulieu in the general election.
 

Incumbent Woody White came in first – with more than 24% of the vote among seven candidates.  Beth Dawson, also running for reelection and the current Board Chair, fell to fourth place which means she won’t be on the ballot in November.  Patricia Kusek and Derrick Hickey took the second and third spots, respectively. 

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Presidential election years bring out the voters, and with Tuesday’s sunshine and warm temps, the 2016 primary is no exception.  Whether it was the nice day, political fervor, or a combination of factors, precincts in Brunswick County and downtown Wilmington were buzzing with activity.

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Early Voting is underway in North Carolina.  The primary is less than a week away on March 15th.   On this edition of CoastLine, we break down the issues, the candidates, the fireworks, and the head-scratchers -- all the way from the presidential race and how it’s playing out locally to county-level politics. 

Lisa Estep

Early voting is underway in North Carolina and Election Day is March 15th.  New Hanover County School Board member Lisa Estep hopes voters move her through the primary to the November ballot and an eventual second term. 

Campbell Dodd

There are seven Republicans hoping to win one of three spots on the November ballot for New Hanover County Board of Commissioners.  One of those candidates, Campbell Dodd, is taking his second run at county office.  As this Wilmington-based real estate appraiser explains, he has his eye on bringing more industry to the region and quelling the very public divides on the Board. 

Chris Meek

Chris Meek, a history teacher with twenty years of experience in the classroom, is one of five Democrats in New Hanover County hoping to secure a spot for Board of Education on the November ballot.  On March 15th, voters will choose three candidates from each party to compete in the November election.  

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Patricia Kusek is running for one of three seats in the Republican primary for New Hanover County Commissioner.  

James Jamison

On March 15th, voters will select three out of five Democratic candidates to run for New Hanover County Board of Education.  Candidate James Jamison is a retired Master Sergeant of military police and current pastor at Hope Baptist Church for All Nations.  

New Hanover County Public Schools

Jeannette Nichols is competing against three other Republican candidates for three spots on the November ballot for New Hanover County’s Board of Education.  If elected, Nichols would embark upon her fifth four-year term.  The retired teacher says serving on the Board is her way of staying connected to children.

Sandra Leigh

During the March 15th primary, five Democratic candidates for New Hanover County’s Board of Education are hoping to land three open spots on the November ballot.  Sandra Leigh says her experience and commitment set her apart. 

Beth Dawson

During the upcoming primary election, voters will select three candidates for New Hanover County Board of Commissioners on the Republican ticket.  Beth Dawson, the current Chair, is vying for one of those spots, and she’s up against six challengers.  Dawson believes in emphasizing regional economic development to bring jobs to New Hanover County.  

Cape Fear Community College

In the March 15th primary, Republican John Babb is hoping to win one of three spots on the November ballot for New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. 

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David Wortman is one of four Republicans in New Hanover County hoping to secure a spot for Board of Education on the November ballot.  On March 15th, voters will choose three candidates from each party to compete in the November election. 

Emma Saunders

During the upcoming primary election, voters in New Hanover County will select three out of five Democratic candidates to run for the Board of Education.  Emma Saunders believes the key to solving many educational issues is to start at the beginning.  If elected, she would work to implement countywide pre-k.  

Derrick Hickey

During the upcoming primary election, voters will select three candidates for New Hanover County Board of Commissioners on the Republican ticket.  Derrick Hickey, former Board of Education member, is one of seven potentials.  

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On March 15th, voters will select three out of five Democratic candidates to run for New Hanover County Board of Education.  If elected, Kevin Spears' main goal is to level the playing field for inner city schools. 

Frank Christopher Meares

In the New Hanover County Republican Primary, Frank Christopher Meares is hoping to win a spot on the November ballot for the Board of Education. The current County Soil and Water Conservation Board Member says, if elected, he’d give up his unexpired term but would hope to retain a non-voting position.

Cape Fear Public Utility Authority

It’s a packed house in the primary race for New Hanover County Board of Commissioners.  Jim Brumit is one of seven Republican candidates vying for three open seats in the March 15th primary.  

New Hanover County

Woody White is seeking a second four-year term as a New Hanover County Commissioner.  He’s competing against six other Republican candidates for one of three open seats in the March 15th primary.